Independent garden center

Jan24_Innovativae Ideas_Staff Hiring and Team Building

January 2024
Innovative Ideas: Creating a team culture

Being in the garden center industry for the better part of 30 years, it’s amazing to look back and see all of the changes we’ve been through — how new varieties have been developed to... more »
Ship My Plants

November/December 2023
Is Ship My Plants the new Amazon for garden centers?

It was by selling through Amazon that Rich Christakes, CEO of Alsip Home & Nursery — with locations in Illinois and Indiana — was inspired to create Ship My Plants. “Here at Alsip Home &... more »
The 2024 Garden Center Show in Rosemont, Ilinois

November 13, 2023
Registration now open for 2024 Garden Center Show

Registration is now open for the 2024 Garden Center Show, taking place Aug.6-7, 2024, in Rosemont, Illinois. The event kicks off with a pre-show garden center tour on Aug. 5. Buses willl leave at 8... more »
NetPS Plant Finder Tool available to IGCs, online retailers

November 13, 2023
NetPS Plant Finder database available to IGCs, online retailers

The NetPS Plant Finder Tool is the plug-and-play database for independent nurseries and garden centers looking to get their plants onto their websites to support the pre-shopping research and garden planning needs of their customers.... more »
Natorp's Nursery joins Ship My Plants network

November 8, 2023
Natorp’s Nursery joins Ship My Plants network

Ship My Plants recently announced that Mason, Ohio-based Natorp's Nursery has joined its seller network. With a rich history dating back to 1916, Natorp's Nursery has been a trailblazer in horticulture, serving Cincinnati and beyond... more »
Monrovia opens registration for 2024 'Bee a Winner' pollinator plant giveaway

November 8, 2023
Monrovia opens registration for 2024 ‘Bee a Winner’ pollinator plant giveaway

Pollinator gardening is a big draw — not just for the bees and butterflies, but gardeners and customers, too. Tie into the buzz around Pollinator Month and Pollinator Week with Monrovia's 'Bee a Winner' pollinator... more »
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October 31, 2023
Axiom survey finds home gardening interest continues to rise

Interest in home gardening continues to rise despite concerns about the economy, weather and increased time spent at work in 2023. The new study found that home gardeners spent more time and money on gardening... more »
A cute help shed in the yard provides an easy-to-spot place to get plant help.

November/December 2023
Finding inspiration in Milwaukee garden centers

The Garden Center Show tour began on a comfortably cool morning — but both the day and the retail inspiration heated up quickly. Attendees strolled five garden retailers in the Milwaukee area, each with its own... more »

November/December 2023
Cincinnati Sights: Snapshots from 5 Cincinnati-area garden centers

Mad for Mixes Plenty of interesting combinations were spotted on the tour. [caption id="attachment_65617" align="aligncenter"... more »

November/December 2023
Trending in ‘24: 6 home gardening trends to watch for next season

It’s not always about the “latest and greatest” — garden trends sometimes also include topics or gardening practices that have gained renewed interest due to new gardeners picking up the pastime. Here are some gardening... more »
5 Minutes With ... Ashley Molion

November/December 2023
5 Minutes With … Ashley Molion

Ashley Molion is director of marketing and communications at McDonald Garden Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. How did you get involved in horticulture? When I was growing up, my mom kept a pristine garden. I... more »

October 9, 2023
Guide available on preparing for Small Business Saturday

Nonprofit Heart on Main Street has released a guide for retailers to prepare for Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is a pivotal day for independent retailer, allowing opportunities to increase sales, engage with the... more »